Every teacher has spent time thinking about how to make the first weeks of school as exciting, productive, and meaningful as possible—especially when the start of school involves launching our writing workshop. There is so much to do, so little time, and we want to get it just right.

For the book Launching the Writing Workshop, I have taken a camera into my classroom and photographed every element of my writing workshop launch—the room, the mentor texts, students in action, and mostly, the charts. I know from teaching teachers that seeing what charts might look like is so helpful. Every learner, including teachers, needs visuals.

My book will take you from the days before the first bell through the first four weeks of school. Through text and photos you will see how to establish a positive and productive writing workshop with clear expectations. You will learn to build for your students a foundational understanding and appreciation of literature while you create the start of a successful school year.

I love the launch. I love the anticipation, the excitement, the promise of it all.

–Denise Leograndis, author, Launching the Writing Workshop


We want to help you set up your best writing workshop yet! Please enjoy this free sample from Launching the Writing Workshop: A Step-by-Step Guide in Photographs. For more information and to purchase the book, click here